Them find more than one language!
Mission is to combine the very best child care within a Christian-based, developmentally appropriate Spanish immersion program
Forms required to start to school
Building Blocks Day School’s mission is to combine the very best child care within a Christian-based, developmentally appropriate Spanish immersion program, while instilling within each child a love for learning. We respect the fact that children have a variety of strengths. Our program helps them grow in their individual strengths through hands on, enjoyable, meaningful, enriching activities and experiences. We provide that environment which allow each student a caring classroom, promoting cultural values and diversity which will allow an easier transition into kindergarten. Additionally, we enjoy working collaboratively with parents and teachers to realize our students’ potential. Our goal is to have our children reflect the self-confidence as they are guided and encouraged to explore and construct their own knowledge. We look forward working closely with our families to provide an integrated, comprehensive and family centered approach to learning where our children will reflect respect, independence, high self-esteem, kindness, and love.
Building Blocks Day School follows a developmental approach to curriculum. Developmental appropriateness encompasses (1) age appropriateness – knowledge of typical developmental stages and (2) individual appropriateness – seeing each child as an individual.
In the book, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8¹, the National Association for the Education of Young Children states: “A developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children is planned to be appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of those individual children.” This approach to curriculum is further outlined whereas:
A. Developmentally appropriate curriculum provides for all areas of a child’s development: physical, emotional, social, and cognitive through an integrated approach.
B. Appropriate curriculum planning is based on teachers’ observations and recordings of each child’s special interests and developmental progress.
C. Curriculum planning emphasizes learning as an interactive process. Teachers prepare the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials.
D. Learning activities and materials should be concrete, real, and relevant to the lives of young children.
E. Programs provide for a wider range of developmental interests and abilities than the chronological age range of the group would suggest.
F. Teachers provide a variety of activities and materials: teachers increase the difficulty, complexity, and challenge of an activity as children are involved with it and as children develop understanding and skills.
G. Adults provide opportunities for children to choose from among a variety of activities, materials, and equipment; and time to explore through active involvement.
H. Spanish immersion, English and American Sign Language program.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, NAEYC by Sue Bredekamp and Carol Copple, Editors
The ability to learn a language is, they say, part of the “software” we’re born with, running in slightly different ways based on specific data inputs. This “program” is called “universal grammar,” and it explains how children can learn so quickly despite being surrounded by unfamiliar sounds, many of which aren’t even part of language!”
Even in the womb a baby can begin to pick up on the rhythm and cadence of speech—what linguists (and poets) call prosody. As Dr. Yang a linguist who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania suggests, hum a sentence in English and then one in Spanish. There are broad distinctions between the patterns of stress and how long you hold different syllables between these languages. Scientists have proven that even newborns are sensitive enough to these differences to notice when a speaker switches from one language to another. From the get-go, babies use prosody to pull speech out of “the acoustic mess that conceals consonants, vowels, and words”.
If the most critical step of language learning for a child is the process of finding the language—of picking its words and sounds and rhythms out from all the “acoustic mess” around them—then help them find more than one language! This won’t mix them up anymore than playing Radio-head and Rachmaninoff will leave them later incapable of telling rock from classical. The astonishing truth is “children are infinitely better at learning languages than we are”.
It really seems that earlier is better because earlier is easier.
The Infinite Gift: How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World by Dr. Charles Yang
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Forms required to start school:
• Student Registration Packet (All Forms)
• Parent Hand Book 2019
This packet contains all of the registration forms in a single PDF file.
The following forms may be re-submitted at any time, as needed:
• Pickup Permission Form
• Medical Authorization Form (For Prescription and Non-prescription Medications)
• Non-Prescription OTC Skin Products Form
We cannot imagine our kids being anywhere else for preschool, and encourage all families to consider Building Blocks!
My kids had been blooming under the loving care of Miss Mabi and all the assistances on the babys toddler room. They come so happy on the morning, and I struggle to convince them to come with me home when I pick them up. Ms Mabel is very attentive and accommodative to the kids needs, I do believe, she genuily care about the students wellbeing.
They are always available to meet or speak with the parents if needed and truly work to understand each child and stage of learning. Just last Friday, the school had a program for the parents and family and you could tell that all of the teachers foster wonderful relationships with the children by their interactions.
“In these early learning years, as parents we want the reassurance of knowing that we’ve made the absolute right choice. I can reassure all parents that your child will be in loving and encouraging hands as they meet every milestone. Seeing my son's face in light up in the morning when he sees his teachers melts my heart. The classrooms are bright and full of age appropriate puzzles/activities. I feel fortunate to have Ms. Shamitha and Ms. Heshika in my son’s life”
We welcome parents to take a tour of the school to see the classrooms and meet the staff.
10706 Vandor Ln
Manassas VA 20109
Building Blocks Day School’s mission is to combine the very best child care within a Christian-based, developmentally appropriate Spanish immersion program, while instilling within each child a love for learning. We respect the fact that children learn through enjoyable, meaningful and enriching experiences.
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